Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce

by Rachel Gurk on February 18, 2013 · 41 comments

in Beef & Lamb

Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce | RachelCooks.com

All I can think of to write for this post is “baaaaa.”

As in the noise a little lamb makes. Baaaaaa. I just lost 100 vegetarian followers, right?

Baaaaa. That’s all I have. My brain has been sucked out by an (adorable) little tantrum-throwing two-year-old and all I can think of is baaaaa.

Or, as one of her books writes it, “Baa-a-a.”

Which my husband reads “Baaaa, ahh, ahh” every time and it cracks me up every time. I’m laughing just typing it.

I think I need a vacation.

Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce | RachelCooks.com

No really, I need a vacation.  Last night, I told my husband that there is no where else I’d rather be than staying home with my kids every day.

Except on a beach in Jamaica. (Kidding, of course.)

But then I thought, wait!!! I don’t want to be there either because I have a muffin top and stretch marks.

Enter, Lamb Lettuce Wraps.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Good for your waistline so you don’t end up looking like a sheep in a huge wool sweater because none of your skinny jeans fit you.

Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce | RachelCooks.com

In all seriousness, these are super easy to make and a fun switch up from the typical Asian-inspired lettuce wrap. Which I also love! This lettuce wrap has amazingly bright flavors thanks to crisp veggies and fresh herbs. You’ll love them!

Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce | RachelCooks.com

Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces lean ground lamb
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup chopped English cucumber
  • ½ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup hummus
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 1 head of Boston leaf lettuce
  • 4 tablespoons of torn mint leaves for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, lamb, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Break up lamb and saute until cooked through (5-10 minutes). Drain grease from lamb.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine yogurt, hummus and red pepper and puree until smooth.
  3. Combine parsley, tomato and cucumber in a small bowl.
  4. Top each lettuce leaf with lamb, then the parsley/cucumber/tomato mixture, and then drizzle sauce over everything and garnish with mint and toasted pine nuts. (We did this family style, where everything was on the table and people could assemble their own lettuce wraps.)
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2013/02/18/lamb-lettuce-wraps-with-red-pepper-hummus-sauce/

Verdict: Great flavors and doesn’t leave you feeling heavy and overly full.
Husband’s take: He LOVED these. He’s a big fan of lamb and even liked the sauce, for some reason I didn’t think he would. E chowed these down as well. She’s such a great eater and she had a blast trying to eat it as a wrap.
Changes I would make: None are necessary!
Difficulty: Easy

PS: If you like lamb, try my lamb shanks. Fall off the bone perfection!

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tiff February 18, 2013 at 7:24 am

These look wonderful! <3 lamp and <3 hummus, so these are bound to be delicious.

I have to admit though… I sure wouldn't turn down a little Jamaica time! ;)

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2 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Yeah, I probably wouldn’t turn it down either. ;) I’d have to be crazy!

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 18, 2013 at 7:30 am

I want to eat 50 of these right now!!!! These look so good Rachel!! xo

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4 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks Liz!

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5 Ali | Gimme Some Oven February 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

These look so beautiful!!! And ha – I’d take a beach in Jamaica anyday. ;)

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6 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

We should all go to Jamaica. Next blog conference ;)

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7 Carolyn February 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

Lamb is my favourite! Baaaaaaaa. Last night, we made gyro salads with ground lamb. So good. These lettuce wraps look delicious too!

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8 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thanks Carolyn! Gyro salads sound great!

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9 katie February 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

Not a fan of lamb but these look fab! I would probably sub out a different protein. Oh and we are totally thinking about Jamaica for our anniversary so I guess this would prepare me well? ;) You crack me up with the baaaaaa’s that is all i ever think, too when I hear “lamb”.

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10 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

It would be great with chicken or turkey!

We loved Jamaica! We stayed at Couples Swept Away in Negril and had a great experience!

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11 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite February 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

You crack me up! Ever since I had Olivia my mind/brain is on baby sounds and words. I sound RIDICULOUS on video when I talk to her but I love it! These look so good and I love lamb.

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12 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Haha, oh yeah, I’m bringing back the baby talk big time with N. ;)

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13 Bev @ Bev Cooks February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Baaaaaaaaa is all I think about, even when it’s not lamb related. Weirdotron.

Also, I seeeerrrriously need these.

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14 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats February 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

hahaha I was laughing through this whole post! You’re funny! Also, want to come over & make me these for dinner? Ill watch your kids!

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15 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Oh my gosh, that would be so fun!

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16 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

Hahaha, so funny! Ok Ive been following you for so long on Insta and FB, I really just thought I was already reading your blog. I cant believe I wasnt but I am now :D And these lettuce wraps look so perfect! Except I cant eat them now… Baaaaaah ;)

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17 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Carla! I enjoy following you via social media too :)

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18 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

oh yum! lamb is my fave :) baaa-a-a is hilarious, by the way.

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19 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Thanks Sarah!

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20 Paula - bell'alimento February 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Love lamb and lettuce wraps. Winner winner lamb dinner.

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21 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Paula!

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22 Kathryn February 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I always get the impression that lamb isn’t very popular in the US but it’s one of my favourites so this dish is really calling my name!

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23 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

We love lamb too!

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24 Bree {Skinny Mommy} February 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Omg I am laughing out loud! You will be your normal self in no time! I actually wrote myself a note in my pregnancy journal after my first baby saying, “You will look like shit when the baby comes, but don’t worry it gets a lot better!” That way when my 2nd one came I wouldn’t panic like I did the first time! ;) This recipe looks absolutely amazing!

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25 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Haha! That’s such a great idea. I should have written more down, I definitely feel like my body is taking longer to bounce back this time but maybe I’m just remembering incorrectly…I probably blocked out the bad stuff.

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26 Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} February 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Hands down this is my favorite post you have ever written! Sleep deprived you is very entertaining! :)

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27 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Haha! Right? I think I’m going baaaaaaaatty.

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28 Kristen February 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

You might be going just a little crazy… just a tad. But I find it adorable ;)

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29 Rachel Gurk February 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

What was your first clue, forgetting to link to the post on G+ or the actual post? lol

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30 Kristen February 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

The fact that you have an infant and a toddler… that’s enough ;)

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31 Tracey February 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I’ve never ever made lamb at home, though I’ve had it out and love it! I really need to check my store and see if I can find some – these look fantastic!!

Oh, and Jamaica sounds pretty awesome right about now…

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32 Donna February 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

We just finished these for a Monday night dinner …..TOTAL WIN….. My daughter thought they were delicious and my husband gave it the nod of approval…which is hard-earned…as he is French (writing you this from the French/Swiss border) and is difficult to impress in the gastronomic sense…

I roasted the pepper over my gas burner flame….pulsed the lamb shank pieces (ground lamb is difficult to come by here) WITH the onion and garlic and browned that with the addition of that uber-yum idea-of-yours….cinnamon!!!!..fleur de sel…white pepper…and a smidgen of cumin….We were in heaven with your hummus/roasted pepper sauce…and the cucumber/tomato/parsley trilogy for the fresh factor…were…well….more than gratefully reviewed!!!!…Devoured..demolished are two words that come to mind…Only caveat…I somehow “fail” at lettuce selection and wrapping technique…I chose butter lettuce…but would romaine..or batavia be better?….We were so amazingly sloppy in our wrapping skills..that we ended up by eating it “salad style”…but it was so gorgeous anyway..that we didn’t mind…and I think the fork and knife necessity actually made us slow down and truly, mindfully savor the incredible mix of tastes going on in this dish….Easy…lovely…healthy…this is bookmarked in our maison for ever.

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33 carrian February 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I want Jamaica. Period. And this. And your photography skills. Goodness, I’m needy. ;)

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34 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Ooh, yeah…. Jamaica… I want to go too!! These wraps sound great! I am all over the sauce idea!

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35 Stephanie February 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Oh man, the sauce on those wraps really sells it for me. Want!! baaaaah

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36 Ari @ Ari's Menu February 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Baaaaaaa! These look delicious ;)

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37 JulieD February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm

These look fantastic!! What a great combo with that hummus!

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38 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

These are so completely gorgeous! Lamb is so delicious. I would love for you to link it up with us at our Wednesday Link Party.

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39 natalie@thesweetslife February 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

i love lamb, so definitely not offended…just really jealous because these look amazing!

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40 Jeanne October 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

These wraps are AMAZING! Honestly. LOVE them. Only thing is that this serves more like 3 for us vs 4. ;) Maybe because they are so good but when weighed out each serving only gets 4 ounces of lamb mixture and that seems a little short to me.

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41 Rachel Gurk October 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

Thanks for the note! You’re probably right –I guess we were eating light that night ;)

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